Kissimmee is a destination unlike any other, which is why we think being different is a good thing and standing out is something special. This is a place where you can make out-of-the-ordinary memories anywhere — even without leaving your accommodations! Check out these six unique hotel and resort experiences waiting for you in Kissimmee.
Take a Walk on the Wild Side
When you stay at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, you'll quickly discover they welcome all sorts of guests, including four-legged, scaly ones. That’s because the resort features a 4.5-acre, glass-enclosed Atrium that recreates three Florida environments to explore: the Everglades, Key West, and St. Augustine.
In the Everglades area, slither over to Sawgrass Place for a closer look at non-venomous snakes in their secure swamp-themed habitats. Then, follow the grunting sounds to the baby alligators (known as “grunts”). You can meet these hatchlings every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
You don’t say “See you later, alligator" when you leave the Everglades. Over in the St. Augustine area, you’ll find Gator Springs — home to 15 juvenile alligators and 30 species of turtles all living together in a freshwater spring-inspired habitat. Stop by on Tuesdays and Saturdays around 6:30 p.m. and staff from Gatorland will be on hand to feed these fascinating creatures and tell many stories about them as well.
Fishing for more wildlife? Check out Gaylord Palms’ Key West lagoon to see mangrove snappers, snook, redfish, tarpon, and stingrays. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 1 p.m., there are interactive fish feedings that will capture your attention – hook, line, and sinker!
Oh, and if all this exploration leaves you hungry, Gaylord Palms is also home to some incredible restaurants. At MOOR, in the Key West Atrium, enjoy regionally-inspired fresh seafood aboard a life-sized sailboat. And overlooking the Everglades Atrium, Old Hickory Steakhouse is home to sizzling steaks and world-class wines to satisfy any appetite.
Stay at a Resort… that’s also a Water Park
Ever dreamed of staying at a resort where an amazing water park waits just outside your door? Well, say hello to your dream come true! The Flamingo Waterpark Resort is a wild paradise exclusively for guests, and at its heart, you’ll find the Slide Tower. This 30-foot high tower features three main slides: the DripDrop speed slide, the Blue Hydra, and the Purple Scream. The little ones can get in on the sliding fun over in the Play Zone, where there are four slides, interactive rainfalls, and more. And for the youngest travelers, there’s the Tot Spot, complete with two smaller slides and lots of space for safe splashing.
Get Your Kicks Playing Footgolf
Any sports fan will tell you Kissimmee is a hole in one when it comes to golf vacations. But there’s more to enjoy here than just your traditional courses — especially when staying at Reunion Resort & Golf Club. That's where you can try your hand (or feet) at footgolf!
What is footgolf exactly? Well, the best way to describe it is a blend of traditional golf and soccer. Take everything you know about golf but make it bigger. A lot bigger! The ball is soccer-sized and the cups are nearly two feet in diameter. And yet, the biggest difference of all is instead of using clubs, you kick the ball. Other than that, the rules are the same on the par-72 footgolf course: Kick your ball into the cup using the fewest kicks possible. Whether you’re a green golfer or think of yourself as the next Tiger Woods, footgolf offers plenty of fitness fun.
Make Waves for Days
If a day by the pool sounds like the picture of paradise, then Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate is the place for you. There’s a pool for the whole family here, including the area's only resort wave pool. This 7,338-square-foot pool transforms more than 131,000 gallons of water into boisterous waves that everyone will love. Grab an inner tube for added fun, and child-sized life jackets for the little ones.
Looking for some relaxation to balance out the wave pool thrills? Take a ride on the 850-foot lazy river through cool tunnels, hidden canyons, and gentle rapids. Or, stroll into the zero-entry family pool, where you can slowly submerge while the kids play around the water fountains and at the nearby liquid playground. There's even a 125-foot corkscrew water slide for the most adventurous little ones. And if you need a bit of “me time”, find your own slice of seclusion in the adult pool area. A special spot for guests 18 years and up – this is where you can swim, recharge in the hot tub, or lounge the day away in a private cabana.
Boho is the Way to Go-Go
For a slightly more unconventional vacation, embrace the boho lifestyle at Bohemian Hotel Celebration. An ornate escape in the heart of a charming, once Disney-owned town, the Bohemian is an effortlessly cool oasis. Spend your afternoon exploring the carefully curated collection of work inside the Grand Bohemian Art Gallery and learn the stories behind each piece. Then, enjoy the sounds of smooth jazz from local musicians in the evenings. And when the morning comes, take a stroll around Lake Rianhard in the light of the early-rising sun. Best of all, pets are welcome at the Bohemian Hotel, so your four-legged friends can bask in a boho state of mind, too.
Lounge in the Lagoon
You don’t need to be a Parrothead to dream of wasting your days away in Margaritaville Resort Orlando. Here, you can drift through the huge lagoon-style pools, surrounded by palm trees and tropical birds singing their songs. Or, kick back with a margarita in hand and your feet in the sand while listening to live music floating over from the poolside bar. If you find yourself needing to slip away from the Florida sunshine, head to your full-service cabana for umbrella drinks and cheeseburgers in paradise all day long. And don’t worry, someone will always be there to find your lost shaker of salt.
Ready for a unique hotel experience of your very own? Start planning your own perfectly Whelmed getaway today! And if you’re looking for more vacation ideas and activities found only in Kissimmee, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter.